Let's say you are not pleased with the way someone handled a situation. In that case, you would offer a reproof, or a criticism, of what they did. So if you reproof someone, you pretty much chew them out.

From the Late Latin reprobāre, which means "to disapprove of," the word reproof has a pretty clear meaning. The added meaning of "shame or disgrace" came later. Reproof is a not feel-good word, as you know if you've ever been on the receiving end of a verbal reproof. English Poet Walter Savage Landor described, once wrote “An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.” Poets are so hard to please.



n an act or expression of criticism and censure

rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproval
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riot act
a vigorous reprimand
chiding, objurgation, scolding, tongue-lashing
rebuking a person harshly
what for
a strong reprimand
bawling out, castigation, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding
a severe scolding
berating, blowing up
a severe rebuke
a mild rebuke or criticism
lecture, speech, talking to
a lengthy rebuke
chastening, chastisement, correction
a rebuke for making a mistake
admonishment, admonition, monition
a firm rebuke
preaching, sermon
a moralistic rebuke
wig, wigging
British slang for a scolding
self-reproach, self-reproof
the act of blaming yourself
blame, rap
a reproach for some lapse or misdeed
curtain lecture
a private lecture to a husband by his wife
Type of:
criticism, unfavorable judgment
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

v censure severely or angrily

bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, scold, take to task, trounce, vituperate
castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate
censure severely
brush down, tell off
criticize harshly, usually via an electronic medium
Type of:
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws